» Built - 1906- 1921
» Cost - Rs1,050,000,000
» Designed by - Sir William Emerson
» Maximum height - 84 feet / 26 meters (without statue)
» Maximum width - 228 feet / 69 meters
» Open - Daily except Monday
» Timing - 10.00 A.M. To 4.30 P.M.(March to October it
close at 3.30 P.M.
» Best Season - October to March
The dramatic Victoria Memorial is situated at the southern end of
Maidan(ground) near Jawaharlal Nehru Road, in Kolkata.
About Victoria Memorial
A splendid architectural structure in white marble, modelled on the
Taj Mahal, was built in the early 20th Century in memory of Queen
Victoria between 1906 and 1921 and was formally inaugurated by the
Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII of England. Set
in beautiful garden grounds, the Victoria Memorial houses a large
bronze statue of the Queen Empress Topped with a moving angel this
memorial faces the Calcutta Maidan. The statues of Motherhood,
Prudence, Learning, Art, Justice, Architecture and Charity are
brought from Italy. The magical lighting effect in the evening and a
fairy tale 'Fountain of Joy' facing the memorial building create an
atmosphere of unforgettable charm. It also has a 5 meter tall bronze
winged figure of Victory, weighing 3 tons.
It was designed by Sir William Emerson. It also act as a museum,
where people could see before them pictures and statues of men who
played a prominent part in the history of India. Presently it is the
finest and most prominent building and art museum of Calcutta,
India, under the Department of Culture, Govt. of India.
In the evening, the light and sound programs is a major attraction
for the tourists. Every day, crowds of people visit the premises
from early morning to sunset. Being one of the most popular tourist
spot in the city, it is one of the few well-maintained heritage
buildings that exist in the city today.